Diocese to offer mid-week online homilies

Will provide busy Catholics with mid-week spiritual refresher


(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)- As part of the Year of Evangelization, an aggressive outreach effort to welcome Catholics back to the Church, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced that it will offer mid-week homilies online to provide busy Catholics an easy and convenient means by which to practice and stay connected to their faith during the week.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Lent, the homily from the noon Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul will be posted to the diocesan website at www.dioceseofprovidence.org and on the Rhode Island Catholic newspaper’s Facebook page. Those who wish to receive alerts when homilies are posted may send an email to communications@dioceseofprovidence.org with ‘Homily’ in the subject line.

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“Catholics are taught to live their faith every day, not just on Sunday,” said Msgr. Anthony Mancini, Cathedral Rector. “However, the hectic pace of life including work and family commitments make it very difficult for the faithful to stay connected with the Church. This new feature offered by the diocese during Lent is one of many ways the Church is reaching out to those who have left the Church and strengthening parishioners faith.”

The mid-week homilies will feature different priests of the diocese preaching from the Cathedral and other churches throughout Rhode Island. Homilies will be posted by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays during Lent.

"On Sundays, Catholics receive spiritual direction and renewal through the Mass,” added Msgr. Mancini. “During these challenging times in which many individuals and families are facing additional worry, a mid-week homily might be just what a stressed soul needs to get through the week. While these homilies do not replace a Mass, they are intended to help the faithful get through the week and stay true to their beliefs in this increasingly secular world.”

The Year of Evangelization is a multi-faceted effort to reach out to the Church’s lost brothers and sisters in Christ to welcome them back to the Catholic Church, strengthen the faithful and share with others the truth and teachings of the Catholic Faith.